The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Biodiversity report for 2019-20. Under the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004, all public bodies in Scotland are under a statutory duty to further the conservation of biodiversity when carrying out their responsibilities. Public bodies are required to report every three years on the actions which they have taken to meet this biodiversity duty.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission commissioned Poverty Alliance to co-produce guidance for how experts by experience should be involved in shaping and informing the Commission’s work. This guidance outlines how experts by experience want to be involved in decision making, highlights the importance of creating genuine channels of influence and also provides practical steps on how to achieve this.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s working group on responses to COVID-19 have published a briefing paper on the use of the Scottish Welfare Fund during COVID-19.
Download: Scottish Welfare Fund briefing
This report sets out the Poverty and Inequality Commission’s scrutiny of progress towards the child poverty targets during 2019-2020. It was prepared in order to inform the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Delivery Plan progress report. It sets out the Commission’s views on:
- the progress made during the reporting year towards meeting the child poverty targets
- whether it appears to the Commission that such progress is sufficient to meet the child poverty targets
- what further progress the Commission considers is required to meet the child poverty targets
The Scottish Government’s progress report can be found here
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published its Annual Report for 2019-2020. The Annual Report covers the period from 1 July 2019, when the Commission was established, until 31 March 2020 and outlines the wide range of work that the Commission has undertaken in its first nine months. It also sets out how the Commission has spent its budget and the research it has commissioned.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission’s working group on responses to COVID-19 have published a briefing paper on free school meal provision during COVID-19.
Download here: Free school meals – briefing and recommendations#5
The Poverty and Inequality Commission have followed up on their previous briefing on food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis. The Scottish Poverty and Inequality Research Unit (SPIRU) carried out a survey of community organisations across Scotland and commissioners visited community projects speaking to workers and volunteers.
The findings of the survey are published here, along with the Commission’s response and recommendations.
Download: Food insecurity SPIRU report
The Scottish Government has set up an Advisory Group on Economic Recovery to provide expert advice on Scotland’s economic recovery once the immediate emergency, created by coronavirus, has subsided. The Advisory Group wrote to the Poverty and Inequality Commission asking the Commission for its views on a number of questions relating to recovery. The Commission’s response can be downloaded here: The Poverty and Inequality Commission – Economic Recovery Advisory Group – response
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has published a briefing in response to evidence of a rise in food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing welcomes all that has been done so far by the Scottish Government, local authorities and the Third Sector to put in place emergency food assistance to keep people afloat in these difficult times, however, it identifies a growing concern that there are some aspects of the response effort around emergency food that need to be better co-ordinated and more sustainable, particularly to support community groups who can offer a lifeline by responding to local needs.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on measuring progress in tackling poverty and inequality and scrutiny of the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, Shifting the Curve and Life Chances of Young People Progress Report.